Home Remedies for Skin Healing

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home remedies for skin healing

Serving as a protective shield for the insides of your body, skin is considered the largest organ of the human body. However, there are a lot of infections, bacteria, sickness, and other medical annoyances that threaten the health of your skin. Lucky for you, the average household is filled with plenty of home remedies for skin healing.

Common Skin Healing Issues

Since skin covers your entire body, it’s not uncommon to see a variety of bumps, bruises, scratches and rashes in a lifetime. Some skin problems are minor, like a patch of dry skin on your arm, while others can be more painful and severe, such as psoriasis. Allergic reactions to food and physical contact with allergens can also cause rashes and other skin responses. Examples of common skin problems include [1]:

Acne: Characterized by pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, pustules, and in severe cases, skin cysts, acne is a widespread skin condition that affects people of all ages.

• Psoriasis: This chronic condition is associated with the immune system, where thick red marks and flaky white patches resembling scales form on the skin.

Eczema: Often attacking the face, hands, knees, or feet, eczema is a rash-like skin condition that can get quite itchy. The skin becomes red and inflamed with scratched. Eczema affects both children and adults, but is mostly seen in babies.

• Rosacea: Affecting the skin on the face, rosacea initially causes redness that covers the nose, chin, cheeks or forehead. As it worsens, red pimples and pus-filled bumps may develop. Some people experience small blood vessels across their nose and cheeks.

• Blisters: Ranging in size, a skin blister can form on all parts of the body. From bedsores to foot blisters, symptoms may include pain, oozing, redness, and itchiness.

• Sunburn: Overexposure to the sun causing cell damage characterized by reddened, hot skin that in more serious cases – forms blisters or peels away during the healing process.

Skin Healing Home Remedies

Burning, itching, redness, and inflammation are just some of the symptoms associated with skin issues and injuries that require healing. To treat the many ailments and conditions that you may face at anytime, consider the following home remedies for skin healing:

a) Olive Oil:

Before going to bed, massage your face with olive oil every night, which is a good home remedy for dry skin.

b) Banana:

Mashing a ripe banana, and then applying it to the face and neck can treat dry skin. Leave the remedy on the face for a bit of time. Wash off with lukewarm water.

c) Castor Oil:

When battling a severe case of dry skin, massage castor oil into affected parts of the body.

d) Oatmeal:

Combine cooked oatmeal and honey to create a moisturizing cleanser for the face that gently treats dry skin. The honey also possesses antibacterial and healing properties that are effective against acne.

e) Egg White:

Ease the pain of a minor burn (1st to 2nd degree) by applying egg white to affected skin.

f) Ice:

One of the easiest methods to treating sunburn is a simple ice pack, which offers soothing relief to mild symptoms. Other alternative cold treatments include an ice cube wrapped in a paper towel or sealed in a Ziploc[2] baggie, and a bag of frozen vegetables (preferably peas because of their small size). Whenever possible, do not directly apply the ice to your skin. For instance, make sure to wrap an ice pack in a washcloth or hand towel.

g) Honey:

Take advantage of the healing properties of honey by applying to skin issues, such as mild burns.

h) Yogurt:

Leave two tablespoons of yogurt on a burn for around 15 minutes to soothe symptoms.

i) Onion:

Cut an onion and apply on skin plagued by burning sensations, which should give immediate relief.

j) Milk:

An old home remedy for burns suggests that soaking a mild burn in whole milk for 15 minutes is an effective solution.

k) Aloe Vera:

Aloe vera gel is an effective treatment for a variety of skin problems. Possessing antibacterial benefits and the ability to speed up the healing process, apply aloe vera to a burn every few hours. Other ailments that respond to aloe vera gel include radiation ulcers, poison ivy rashes, acne, eczema, fever blisters, and frostbite. You may also combine aloe vera gel with other healing ingredients. For example, mix aloe vera with garlic oil to treat psoriasis.

l) Tea Bags:

Soothe sunburn by applying cold tea bags to affected skin.

m) Yogurt and Tumeric:

Mix yogurt, turmeric and barley to create an effective home remedy applied to damaged skin after sunburn.

n) Turmeric and Mint:

Blend turmeric powder and mint juice until a paste forms. Apply to skin affected by acne and leave on for 30 minutes. Use lukewarm water to wash off this skin healing home remedy.

o) Cucumber:

The cooling effect of cucumber is well known in home remedy circles. Cut raw cucumber into slices that are then applied to sunburned skin as a way to lessen inflammation. Another vegetable that offers the same results is a raw potato.

p) Vinegar:

Add one cup of white cider vinegar to your bathwater to ease the sting of sunburn.

q) Vitamin C:

Prevent bruising by taking vitamin C after an injury. The vitamin helps by thickening the walls of blood vessels. Vitamin C can also be used to treat rosacea – a skin disease that affects small blood vessels underneath the skin.

r) Zinc:

Zinc has a reputation for speeding up the healing process of wounds, as well as fighting against a bad case of acne. Effective sources of zinc can be found in pumpkin seeds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, lean red meat, dark turkey meat, Swiss cheese, and Cheddar cheese. A suggested dosage for zinc supplements is to take 25 milligrams twice a day with meals.

s) Coconut Oil:

To fight eczema, apply coconut oil to the skin, which also promotes softness.

t) Witch Hazel:

To treat inflammatory skin conditions, use a cotton ball to apply a small amount of witch hazel on affected skin. Offering the power of a decent astringent, witch hazel can help kill bacteria on the skin and remove excess oil that makes acne worse.

u) Witch Hazel and Sage:

To create a strong home remedy for acne, combine 10 fresh sage leaves and eight ounces of witch hazel in a bottle. Set the blend aside for about a week, and then apply to the skin after cleansing in the morning and at night.

v) Calendula:

Fighting inflammation, calendula has a reputation to encourage the growth of healthy cells that have been lost due to skin wounds. As a tea, ointment, or compress, calendula is also effective in preventing scars. Apply a calendula treatment directly to a wound until it has completely healed. Calendula can provide relief for blisters, itching, and flaky skin associated with eczema.

w) Buttermilk:

Apply buttermilk to skin as a home treatment for acne.

x) Garlic:

Apply a garlic paste to skin affected by acne to promote healing without leaving behind any scars.

y) Chamomile:

Offering anti-inflammatory properties, chamomile soothes the skin when used as a topical treatment. This home remedy for skin healing is especially effective for cases of eczema and psoriasis. Use the flowers to make a tea that calms inflamed skin. Apply a clean cloth soaked in chamomile tea for 15 minutes four to six times per day. You may also drink the tea before going to bed to promote a restful night’s sleep when suffering from the stress and irritation of eczema.

z) Flaxseed:

The omega-3 essential fatty acids found in flaxseed helps boost the immune system, as well as fight skin inflammation. Some people have enjoyed results with flaxseed when treating skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. It is suggested to add one to two tablespoons of cold-pressed flaxseed oil to your daily regimen. You may also eat cereals and oatmeal made with flaxseed, as well as add flaxseeds to smoothies and other foods.

aa) Epsom Salts:

Treat psoriasis by soaking in a hot bath filled with Epsom salts. For the best results, rub olive oil on affected skin after your bath.

bb) Foods with Antioxidants [2]:

Skin healing also comes from foods packed with antioxidants that contain vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and beta carotene. To fight free radical damage, increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, canned light tuna, and carrots, which especially heals sun-damaged skin.

cc) Cabbage Leaves:

It is said that you can create a compress out of cabbage leaves to treat psoriasis. Thoroughly wash the cabbage leaves, and then remove the thick veins before applying to affected skin.


[1] http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/common/skin.html

[2]  http://www.ziploc.com/products/Pages/Default.aspx?products=1&browseBy=On-the-Go&browseByCat=FoodStorage

[3] Food Cures by Joy Bauer; pg. 65